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Former GH assistant named Fruitport head football coach

Tribune Staff • Feb 3, 2018 at 12:38 AM

Fruitport High School selected Nathan Smith to take over the football program from a pool of 22 applicants for the head coaching position Friday afternoon.

Smith began his coaching career at Grand Haven as the JV head coach and varsity passing game coordinator from 2007-13 before moving into the Bucs’ offensive coordinator position for the 2015 season.

In June of 2016, Smith took over at Muskegon Catholic Central as their co-offensive coordinator and quarterback/wide receiver coach. During his time at MCC, the Crusaders accumulated a 22-2 record and won a Division 8 state championship in 2016.

“I fully understand the time crunch we are in, and I look forward to starting this transition immediately,” Fruitport athletic director Ken Erny said. “I believe that Nate’s leadership will bring what it takes to move the Trojan football program forward.”

Fruitport finished 2-7 last year and hasn’t put together a winning season since 2013. Their last playoff appearance was in 2012, where they lost to Grand Rapids Christian in the pre-district round.

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